Are your kids really into the Stone Age? The children's room is crammed with dinosaur replicas and on excursions they turn over every stone and search for shell imprints? Then welcome to Triassic Park - the paradise of times gone by! Here you can see fossils that are 200 million years old, because the primordial sea not only left behind a spectacular rocky reef where many climbers stretch their fingers, but is also full of prehistoric fossils. Visitors can marvel at an entire coral garden in the summit area of the Steinplatte.
Then it's off to the Triassic Park - where young and old amateur explorers get their money's worth. The history of the earth is told and brought back to life excitingly and with great attention to detail. Among other things, there is the Triassic Trail: a 4-kilometre-long circular route that also involves climbing and digging - this makes learning fun! Among other things, you can find out how the name Triassic came about, what karst is and what corals look like. The 4000-metre circuit takes about 1.5 hours of walking time. You will have to climb a good 200 metres in altitude. All in all, you and your kids will be busy for 2 to 2.5 hours.
Would your children (and perhaps you too) like to delve even deeper into the subject, and would your mini-me's prefer to explore everything themselves? Then head to the Triassic Centre. In the first part of the centre, you can learn amazing facts about the inhabitants of the earth throughout the ages. After that, you can dive into the primordial sea: look at corals and marvel at life-size dinosaurs within reach. You can also be shown how to determine the age of fossils; microscopes and research tables are available for the little explorers. This is also great for the next excursion at home!
After so much research, you deserve to cool down. You can do so at the adjacent Triassic Beach - a mini primordial sea, where you can even ride a water dinosaur. On the beach of the 200-square-metre area, you can dig and dig some more. There are lots of fossils to find and dinosaurs to discover.
A brand-new addition to the park is the stalactite cave, where you can discover stalagmites and stalactites together. Both in summer and winter! By the way, touching is not only allowed, but encouraged!
Not far from the park is the Steinplatte observation platform, which offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and is definitely worth a visit.
- Triassic Park at Steinplatte Waidring is among the 10 best rated Tourist Attractions in Tyrol.
How to get there
There are two possible ways to get to the Triassic Park. From the northwest, you can reach Waidring an der Steinplatte via the A8 Bad Reichenhall exit via Lofer. Alternatively, you can get to St. Johann via Kufstein or Kitzbühel. Then it is about 15 minutes to the valley station of the gondola.